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Residents help catch armed bank robbers in southern Vietnamese province

Wednesday, March 03, 2021, 13:21 GMT+7
Residents help catch armed bank robbers in southern Vietnamese province
Police arrest one of the two men, who attempted to rob a bank in Ha Tien City, Kien Giang Province, Vietnam, March 2, 2021. Photo: Ha Tien News

Two young men were arrested by local people during their escape after a failed attempt to rob a bank with a gun in Vietnam.

The armed robbery took place at the Agribank - Ha Tien branch at 37 Lam Son Street in Dong Ho Ward in Ha Tien City, Kien Giang Province, police in the city said on Tuesday afternoon.

At around 4:30 pm that day, two young men wearing face masks, helmets, and a backpack walked into the branch and threatened bankers with a gun, demanding they give them money.

As the banking employees shouted for help and ran out of the branch, a bank guard also joined their cry and pulled out a rubber gun and fired it three times in the air.

Seeing that the bank guard had a gun, the two young men escaped on their motorbike toward nearby Nguyen Than Hien Street, where local people managed to catch them and confiscate their weapon.

Police in Ha Tien City immediately arrived at the scene after being informed of the case.

Police officers arrested the two robbers, as well as collected evidence, extracted footage from CCTV cameras, and took testimonies from witnesses at the scene.

Right at the scene, the two young men declared their names as Trinh Dinh Phu and Trinh Dinh Hao, both dwelling in Thuan Yen Commune in Ha Tien City. 

Currently, the case is being further investigated for clarification.

This is the first time authorities in Ha Tien City have recorded a heist with a gun.

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